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Tauherenikau Gorge Track, Wellington

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Tauherenikau Gorge TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

Not Suitable (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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A very straightforward trail, head from the carpark and onto the trail past the "River Access" sign. Follow the single trail up and up and up (and the usual orange markers) for 900 metres until you come to a trail split. Take the right hand trail marked "River access" again. From here the trail quality gets a fair bit more technical as it descends, so take your time. There are a couple of culvert crossings, with one, at first glance, appearing to be unpassable. However if you look downstream you will see a pink ribbon and the new exit trail. At about 2 - 2.3km there is another trail split, a bit less obvious this one, but you are taking the right hand trail down to the river - when you look you will see the orange triangle. Once you get to the river, it's up to you... looks a great spot for a swim. Or just have a look around. Then retrace you route to the start.

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Features of interest

Some great views and the river at the turnaround.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Bucks Road Campsite is (not surprisingly) on Bucks Road and is about 10 minutes drive from Featherston. Once you get to the campsite there is a loop road, head to the lefthand corner where you will make out an un-signposted trail. Park where you like - it can get very hot, so shade is always a good idea. Head onto the track, across some grass and you will see a trail heading up into the bush and a few metres up that trail is the sign in the first photo.

    Lots of space to park

    8 km

    10 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    Minimal water on the trail, one stream crossing where (dependent on season) you may be able to get water. The river of course at halfway is an obvious option.

    The technical sections of this track look like they could be treacherous in wet muddy conditions. Many of them slope quite a bit an would be difficult to navigate past if slippery. There are several smallish stream crossings that wouldn't be any trouble unless in flood.

    Technical trail in abundance... many places where trail is wet even in dry conditions and the previously mentioned severely sloping trail. Not to many problems if care is exercised.

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